- "I'll take on any job... for the right price."
- ―Cad Bane
Early Life EditAt some point prior to the Battle of Naboo, Cad Bane met the Sith Lord, Darth Maul on Nar Shaddaa.
The Clone WarsEdit
- "Cad Bane, who needs no introduction."
- ―Count Dooku, introducing Bane
Bane became one of the leading bounty hunters during the Clone Wars after the demise of Jango Fett on Geonosis. Subsequently, Bane was hired by many of the galaxy's highest bidders, including the Confederacy of Independent Systems and Jabba the Hutt. Bane also acquired the Techno-service droid, Todo 360.
Heist at the Jedi TempleEdit
During the War, Bane was hired by Darth Sidious to steal a Holocron from the Holocron Vault in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Sidious provided Bane with a map of the Jedi temple and a security chip containing the temple's security systems. Bane then installed the chip into Todo 360. Bane also hired fellow bounty hunter, the Clawdite Cato Parasitti to assist him from the inside of the temple by posing as the deceased Jedi Ord Enisence. Bane successfully executed the heist.
Skirmish over DevaronEdit
- "Welcome, Jedi. We've been expecting you!"
- ―Cad Bane to Anakin Skywalker and his team
Cad Bane managed to escape Coruscant with the stolen Holocron. Darth Sidious had Viceroy Nute Gunray send a small fleet of Munificent-class star frigates to help Bane carry out his next assignment; To kidnap Jedi Master Bolla Ropal and have him combine the Holocron and the Kyber memory crystal, which was held by Ropal. Bane led a ground attack on the surface of Devaron and captured Ropal and the Kyber crystal.
However, a fleet of Republic ships, led by Anakin Skywalker, came to Devaron and in the ensuing battle most frigates were destroyed, leaving only the frigate with Bane and Ropal onboard. Skywalker had his fleet destroy the hyperdrive of Bane's frigate, preventing him from going into hyperspace. Bane then attempted to force Ropal to open it by torturing him. However, Bane killed him with torture. Bane then came up with a plan to force Skywalker and his apprentice to open the Holocron. Bane then arranged a ambush on the gun deck for Skywalker, Tano, Rex and their troops.
At first Bane and his droids had the upper hand in the ambush. Bane however almost lost the crystal to Skywalker. When the gravity came back on, Bane retrieved the crystal and was able to lure Skywalker's apprentice away from the gunfight. Bane was then able to subdue Tano, took a piece of her padawan braid, and place in front of a airlock. Bane was then confronted by Skywalker, who demanded his surrender.
However, Bane threatened to kill Tano if Skywalker refused to combine the holocron and memory crystal. Skywalker thus complied. Bane was succesful and made his escape when he opened the airlock. Bane was then contacted by Gunray, who wanted Bane to transmit the crystal's information in exchange for his rescue. However, Bane refused and planned his own escape. Bane was then confronted by Denal and another clone trooper.
At first, Skywalker and the others saw that Denal shot Bane dead, but did not have time to retrieve the holocron. However, Skywalker could sense Bane. However, Bane faked his death and took Denal's armor. One of the troopers and Tano discovered his ruse when he they found his blood and saw that he was no clone. Bane then knocked Tano out and then took a V-19 Torrent starfighter to Black Stall Station.
Kidnapping Force Sensitive ChildrenEdit
- "Kidnapping innocent children? Seems like a small-time crime for the likes of you."
- ―Cad Bane to Darth Sidious
After obtaining the Holocron from the Jedi Temple, Darth Sidious tasked Bane to kidnap three force sensitive children for a secret project on Mustafar. After kidnapping the Rodian child Wee Dunn, Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano managed to arrest Bane as he attempted to kidnap Roo-Roo Page from Jan-gwa city. The two Jedi, along with Master Windu and Kenobi attempted to interrogate Bane, with little success aboard the Resolute. Bane then took Windu, Kenobi, and Cody to his station where he claimed that both the children and the holocron were there. However, Bane was able to have the Jedi trigger his traps and was able to make his escape.
Senate Hostage CrisisEdit
- "I'm in control. I make the rules now."
- ―Cad Bane to Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
Bane was then able to have Todo 360 rebuilt.Bane was later hired by Jabba the Hutt to free Ziro from the Republic's high-security prison on Coruscant.. Bane then started by having Todo 360 and HELIOS-3E kidnap Senator Padme Amidala's protocol droid, C-3PO and Skywalker's astromech, R2-D2 in order to get blueprints for the Senate building. After retrieving the knowledge, Bane then had the two droids memories erased and returned to ensure his plans would not be discovered.
Bane then went to Tatooine, where both Jabba and the Hutt Council agreed that Bane would free Ziro before he could expose the Hutt Council records to the Republic Senate. Bane, along with a team of bounty hunters that included Aurra Sing, Shahan Alama, Robonino, HELIOS-3D, HELIOS-3E, a pair of droid commandos and another IG-86 sentinel droid then went to Senate. As Bane distracted the Senate Guards, Sing and the rest of the team then took out the guards with Ban strangling the last one. As the the two commando droids posed as senate guards, Bane and his team then went inside. There, Bane was able to kill the remaining Senate guards as they went to speak with the senators. Bane then left Robonino to turn the power off.
Bane then found a group of senators that were discussing the Enhanced privacy invasion bill. At first, Senator Philo refused to cooperate with Bane and his team. Bane then shot the Senator in the back and had his team threaten the other senators. Bane then contacted Chancellor Palpatine and demanded a pardon disk for Ziro. After the power was shut down, Bane and his team searched the Senators for communication devices and weapons, Bane then saw Senator Amidala looking at Skywalker on the balcony. Bane then sent Alama and the IG-86 droid after Skywalker.
Bane then contacted Palpatine and told him that HELIOS-3D would come and take Senator Orn Free Taa to the prison where Ziro would be released with the pardon disk. Bane was then told by Alama that Skywalker did not have his lightsaber with him. Bane then sent Sing with Alama to find Skywalker. Bane then had HELIOS-3D take Taa to the prison where Ziro was freed and returned to the Senate building to pick Bane and his team.
After Skywalker was subdued, Bane then set up laser web to ensure that the Senators would not make a move against him. As Bane and his team left, Bane warned Palpatine not to do anything else that day against him. As his team left, Bane was the confronted by Commander Fox and his detachment of the Coruscant Guard. Bane was then contacted by Palpatine, who demanded that Bane stand down. However, Bane threatened to kill the senators if he was allowed to leave. Thus, Palpatine and Fox stood as Bane and his team rendezvoused with Ziro and HELIOS-3D. As Bane left, Ziro congratulated him on his job, despite knowing that Hutt council wanted just for the council records. Bane then offered Ziro a room filled with dead senators as payback. Bane then reminded Ziro that it was time to pay up since he did not work for free.
Hunt For ZiroEdit
- "I'm kind of tired of being paid for this job, too. But not that tired."
- ―Cad Bane to Gardulla the Hutt
Bane was once again hired by the Hutt crime families after Ziro escaped his prison with the help of singer Sy Snootles. Unbeknownst to Bane, the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi and Quinlan Vos were also after Ziro, hoping to recapture Ziro. Bane eventually managed to track down Ziro to the planet Teth only to find him already dead, murdered by Snootles who had used him to find a holo-diary, recording the dealings of the Hutt families. After a brief battle, Bane once again managed to escape capture by the Jedi.
Prison break on CoruscantEdit
At a certain point during the war Bane was apprehended by the Republic for his crimes and imprisoned in the Central Detention Centre. However, he merely allowed himself to be captured as part of his latest job. He had been hired by Moralo Eval, a criminal mastermind working for Count Dooku, to break him out of prison. Eval was highly involved in a Separatist plan to kidnap Supreme Chancellor Palpatine was also planning on recruiting Bane in his plan. Not long thereafter Eval became interested in recruiting Rako Hardeen, a bounty hunter, who was imprisoned for killing Obi-Wan Kenobi, after watching him fight with some of the inmates. Eval had Hardeen brought to his own cell to talk with him and introduced him to Bane, who had a strong dislike of Hardeen and was definitely not in for breaking Hardeen out as well and Eval had Hardeen brought back to his cell. Both Bane and Eval did not know that Hardeen was in fact Obi-Wan Kenobi in disguise only there to learn about Eval's plan.
Bane had paid fellow bounty hunter Boba Fett, who was in the prison as well, to start a riot as a diversion for him and Eval to escape. Fett was successful and Eval and Bane escaped in the ensuing chaos. Hardeen followed them into the hallways and although Bane was not in for it, he reluctantly let Hardeen come along as Eval thought he might be of use. Bane's plan was to escape the facility via the mortuary, but the lock of the mortuary doors had been changed and Bane was unable to open them. Hardeen, actually Kenobi, told his comrades to stand guard while he would figure it out and secretly used the Force to open the lock. The three quickly climbed into the coffins meant to send the victims of the riot to the cremation centre. The clones in the cremation centre found out that the people in the coffins were still alive. The trio quickly climbed out of the coffins. One of the clones tried to shoot Bane, who used another clone to shield himself from the blast, before disarming and killing the clone that shot with his own gun. Hardeen disarmed the third clone, but hesitated to kill him. The clone triggered the alarm before Bane executed him. Bane angrily asked Hardeen why he didn't take the shot, but Hardeen claimed that his blaster jammed. The trio proceeded to make their way to a landing platform with Bane shooting more guards in the process. They stole a police speeder and used it to fly to the docks, where they stole a cargo ship from a Quarren pilot which they used to escape Coruscant. Once in the air Bane hit Hardeen in the face for hestitating to shoot the clone in the cremation centre. Eval, however, was most pleased that Hardeen had come along and considered to involve him in his plan again.
Trouble on Nal HuttaEdit
- "Relax. On this slime pool everybody's an outlaw."
- ―Cad Bane to his comrades while on Nal Hutta
However, as Eval and Bane leave, they are shot down by the guards' HH-87 Starhoppers. They then leave the ship only to find Hardeen having a drink at the saloon. There, Bane and Eval are surprised that he got another ship for them.
Tournament on SerennoEdit
- "So, what kind of friendly little contest you think the count's got planned?"
"I'd be surprised if we all survive"
- ―Rako Hardeen and Cad Bane about the tournament on Serenno
Moralo Eval, Rako Hardeen and Bane made it to Serenno, where they met Count Dooku. Both Bane and Hardeen demanded their payment, but instead Dooku asked them to take part in a special bounty hunter tournament that could gain them a much larger payment. The two reluctantly accepted with Bane suspecting that it would be a deadly contest and that not all participants would survive. Bane then spotted the hat of fellow contestant Bulduga and asked the bounty hunter how he got it. Bulduga responded by drawing his blaster pistol, but Bane was faster and shot Bulduga in the chest, killing him in front of his brother Onca. He then mockingly took Bulduga's hat and dropped his old hat on Bulduga's body. Shortly thereafter Dooku gathered the contestants for a briefing on the tournament.
Dooku introduced the other candidates: Kiera Swan, Derrown, Sixtat, Jakoli, Embo, Twazzi, Onca, Sinrich and Mantu. He then showed them "The Box", a floating cube like station that served as the tournament arena. He explained that five most skilled among the survivors would participate in a job that would pay very well, while any remaining survivors would be eliminated to protect this job. Eval proceeded to explain that The Box was designed by him to simulate some situations that might happen on the job and the bounty hunters had to hand in their weapons. They were then escorted to an elevator that led into The Box and the tournament started.
The contestants found themselves in a room and Eval appeared on a screen to mention that the only rule during the contest was that there were no rules. Thereafter a hole in the floor opened, releasing lethal Dioxis gas. Platforms started to rise from the ground to escape the gas. Bane kicked Mantu off a platform to get on it. When the platforms started to rise too much towards the ceiling the group found themselves between getting crushed by the ceiling and a layer of Dioxis below them. Hardeen deduced that the way out of the room wasn't in the ceiling but was somewhere in the floor. Hardeen found out that there was a hole in the floor that led to a tunnel below the gasline and to another room. Bane and the others followed Hardeen's example and survived the first test without casualties.
The tunnel led to a second room where Eval appeared on screen again and commented that the second test unlike the first would result in some casualties. Suddenly columns with electrified blades started to shove in and out the walls. Onca and Kiera Swan ended up impaled on the blades and Sinrich was killed by Embo. Hardeen discovered a pattern in the way the columns shoved in and out and noticed it led to a hole in the ceiling of the room. He showed Bane his discovery who told him to go to the hole. Bane and the others followed Hardeen in his climb and made it to the shaft in the ceiling that led to a third room.
In the next room the group once again received instructions from Eval who told them to pass through his ray shield to switch it off with a button that was positioned behind the shield. Eval revealed a tube in the middle of the room. The tube contained a serum that allows the user to pass through the shield unharmed. It was however toxic to all but one of them. The ray shield appeared and started to close in on the group. After a while the floor became ray shielded as well, killing Jakoli and forcing the rest on a platform in the centre of the room. When Derrown wanted to take the serum Bane protested, but Hardeen told him to let Derrown take the serum as he was a Parwan and his blood could take the serum. When the ray shield closed in more and more the platform became smaller and smaller and Mantu was killed by the shield. Derrown was, however, able to inject the serum in his blood, pass through the shield and successfully deactivate the shield in time, allowing the remaining contestants to proceed to the fourth and final challenge.
In the fourth room the group was positioned on a platform above a fiery pitt. Eval appeared and informed them that this test was about sharpshooter skills. One of them had to hit a target that moved very fast across the back wall with a sniper rifle. Sixtat volunteered and hit the target twice. He missed the third however and as a result he fell into the flames. Hardeen then took the sniper rifle and made an attempt as well, successfully hitting the target three times. Although Hardeen completed the task Eval moved the platform to separate Hardeen from the others. Dooku had noticed that Hardeen had been the cause of success on every test and planned on putting Hardeen in charge of the mission rather than Eval. Eval wanted Hardeen to hit some more targets. Hardeen hit another four, but then the rifle was empty and Eval saw his chance to get rid of him. When he tried drop Hardeen in the flames, Bane used on of his wrist cables to prevent Hardeen from falling. Eval was angry with this, but Bane told him that if he wanted to kill Hardeen he should do it like a man in a fair fight. Dooku agreed and dropped Eval in the room to fight Hardeen face to face. Eval didn't play fair and used his remote control to activate a few traps in the room and sent in some probe droids to kill Hardeen. Nevertheless, Hardeen was able to defeat Eval eventually and Dooku ordered Hardeen to finish Eval off. Hardeen, being Kenobi in disguise and a Jedi, refused to kill Eval to Dooku's dissapointment. Dooku however congratulated the remaining bounty hunters for surviving the box and announced that the job was in fact to kidnap Supreme Chancellor Palpatine during the Festival of light on Naboo. He also announced that Bane would lead the mission.
Cad Bane was known for wielding a pair of LL-30 blaster pistols and wearing a wide-brimmed hat. He also had breathing tubes, which enabled him to survive after being Force choked, and rocket boots to help him keep up with Jedi.
Behind the scenesEdit
Cad Bane was designed from unused concept art of a bounty hunter developed for Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.[source?] According to Dave Filoni, supervising director for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Bane's iconic toothpick was originally intended to be a cigarette, but the idea was dropped due to its negative and commercial-like message. Following the cancellation of The Clone Wars, Bane appeared in the Star Wars Rebels episode "Fighter Flight" in the form of graffiti on the Ghost.
Notes and referencesEdit
- Cad Bane on Wikipedia